John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks: Crunchy, Tasty, Cheesy Goodness

by Kimberly Hickok

I have stumbled onto the perfect snack. What, you may ask, makes a snack perfect? First, and foremost, it has to taste great. If it’s got cheese in it, that’s even better and if it’s not made with any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives then that snack is getting extra points from me.

We entertain. A lot. When we put out snacks I like to mix things up with cocktail/bar mixes, wasabi peas and gourmet popcorn. It’s always nice to add something with a nice crunch into the mix. Since I’m allergic to nuts this is especially challenging and that’s why I like CheeseSticks so much. I must warn you – these ARE addicting.

CheeseSticks - Asiago & Cheddar

About 15 minutes after opening this box, it was almost all gone. So good!

They are VERY crunchy. The Original Cheddar sticks are the perfect blend of fresh sourdough, layered with aged cheddar with a little ‘kick’ from a hint of cayenne. So far I’ve had the Original Cheddar CheeseSticks, Asiago & Cheddar CheeseCrisps and the Cheddar & Scallion CheeseSticks.

CheeseSticks came across my radar because of a project I’m working on with Day Job so I got to tour their Elmwood Park, NJ facility the other day.


My colleague, Dave, and I with our lab coats, hair and beard nets on.

The CheeseSticks story embodies the spirit of American entrepeneurship. CheeseSticks founder, John Macy, started as a caterer who created the CheeseStick as an appetizer for client events. The appetizer took on a life of its own and the business that started in John’s apartment eventually ended up being produced in New Jersey. You’ve got to check out his story.

CheeseSticks founder, John (on the left) and his brother Tim, next to a tray of freshly baked product.

CheeseSticks founder, John (on the left) and his brother Tim, next to a tray of freshly baked product.

The company has about 50 employees. They pay a competitive wage, offer benefits and a retirement package. Tim Macy told me that they have very low turnover. So when you buy CheeseSticks you’re also supporting an American-made product. Cool, right?

CheeseSticks production

Producing CheeseSticks is a VERY labor intensive process – from rolling the sticks to packing the boxes.

I really can’t say enough good things about CheeseSticks. You must give them a try. This is where you can find them. Have you had them? What do you think? I’m anxious to hear if you think they’re as addicting as I do.

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